Yellowstone Area Report

Yellowstone Area Report

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
Yellowstone Fishing

Along about late June, we began receiving fishing reports that the Yellowstone region was bursting with great fly-fishing. Here’s an update: Dick Greene of Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop in West Yellowstone says: “We had high-water issues early in the season, but the water cleared fast. The salmonfly hatch was a good as I’ve ever seen it…the bugs exploded all along the Madison, it really didn’t matter where you were fishing. Overall, the Madison has fished well; it's run consistently at 1,000 cfs and Hebgen Lake is 95 percent full and they won’t release water till October, so the flows should stay stable. The Gallatin, too, has fished well, and the Firehole (too warm to fish now in mid-August) should be back in play by Labor Day.”

“It should be an awesome autumn with all the cool and wet weather we’ve had this summer, much like the ‘old days’ of the 1970s and early ’80s,” says Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone. “With ‘historic high’ numbers of trout we should be in for a banner fall.” Mathews cautions that grizzlies are aggressive this year, so beware and be prepared with bear spray. For fishing updates, go to www.blueribbonflies.com.

Bob Jacklin of Bob Jacklin's Fly Shop reports super Trico activity on the Madison, which he says should continue to mid-September. "Nice-size fish are moving out of Hebgen Lake into the Madison," he said in mid-August. "Should be good streamer fishing for spawners this fall." He also expects productive autumn fishing in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone Park. For more on fishing Montana’s Golden Triangle streams, go to our exclusive 2010 Digital Trout Annual at www.flyrodreel.com.